Avian & Exotics

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(EX25) Interpreting the Ferret Chemistry Profile

Tuesday, March 6
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
MBCC, Palm D, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Very often the approach to ferret medicine is to look at them as ‘long nosed cats’. While this generalistic approach is often not that far from the truth, there are significant differences in their chemistry profile when they battle disease. The lecture focuses on the main important species-specific differences from other mammals and will help guide you through the proper diagnostic workup of the ‘carpet shark’

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Joerg Mayer

Associate Professor
University of Georgia

Jörg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP (ECM), DECZM (Small mammal), DACZM Associate Professor of Zoological and Exotic Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

Dr. Joerg Mayer grew up in Germany where he received his primary education. He went to Budapest / Hungary to study veterinary medicine shortly after the “iron curtain” fell. After he received his doctoral degree from the University of Budapest/Hungary, he went to the USA for an internship in ‘Zoological Medicine and Surgery’ at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. At the end of the internship he was part of a research team to study wild tree kangaroos in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea for 3 months. The masters project which focused on lead toxicity in the common loon, brought him to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in the USA. After 10 years at Tufts University he moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010 to take the job of Associate Professor in Zoological Medicine at UGA.

Dr. Mayer qualified with the first batch of specialists in Exotic Companion Mammals as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, in addition he is also a Diplomate of the American and the European College of Zoological Medicine. Since 2012 he is also an International Fulbright Specialist in Zoological Medicine.

Dr. Mayer published many scientific articles, book chapters some of which have been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese. His latest book the “Veterinary Clinical advisor for birds and exotic pets” was published in early 2013 and contains over 750 page. In 2013 he received the exotic speaker of the year award by the NAVC. In 2016 he received the Oxbow/AEMV Exotic Mammal Health Award, an annual award to recognize excellence and innovation in the field of exotic mammal health.


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